End-of-year matters

Blount County Commission

Tonya Hill (center) receives the ACCA County Administrative Certificate from (from left) commissioner Nick Washburn, commission chairman Chris Green, commissioner Chad Trammell, and commissioner Allen Armstrong.

Tonya Hill (center) receives the ACCA County Administrative Certificate from (from left) commissioner Nick Washburn, commission chairman Chris Green, commissioner Chad Trammell, and commissioner Allen Armstrong.

The Blount County Commission held its regular monthly business meeting yesterday morning. One of the first items of business was the presentation of the ACCA County Administrative Certificate to Tonya Hill, who is the administrative assistant for District 4.

“This is a special designation and I commend Mrs. Hill for all that she has done to achieve this,” said commission chairman Chris Green. “We are absolutely defined by those we have around us, and we have the best.”

Much of the meeting dealt with routine end-of-the-year matters as they will begin a new fiscal year Oct. 1. The commission approved a special-called meeting for Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 1 p.m., to approve the FY 2021-2022 budget. They will also further discuss possible expenditures for the county’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The commission did go ahead and approve two expenditures. One is for the purchase of a vehicle by the District Attorney’s office and the other is the purchase of five vehicles for the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. Both qualify for proper use of the funds and commissioner Allen Armstrong explained that due to the length of time it is currently taking to get new vehicles because of supply chain issues, he felt it best to give them the opportunity to purchase those as soon as possible.

Green reported that both the archaeological survey and flood delineation study had been completed on the proposed site for the Blount County Multi-Purpose Facility in Cleveland. Both reports were favorable.

“There were no artifacts found on the property, and we have been cleared to move forward on that end,” he explained. “My understanding of the results of the flood delineation study from the Army Corps of Engineers involving the stream is that we can install a bridge or a bottomless culvert. And if we choose either of those options, the Army Corps of Engineers will require no additional permits.

“We crossed two big hurdles last week. Next, we will hear from the engineering group in our October meeting so that we can begin the next steps.”

The next commission work session is Thursday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. The business meeting will be the following Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 9 a.m.